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Great cuisine and entertainment to help Education

Fr Christopher Lumsden serves a dish to a patron at last year’s Priests Can Cook. Photo: Gerard-Paul Wanliss


Patrons attending the second edition of Priests Can Cook on Friday, September 28 at the Grand Stand Forecourt, Queen’s Park Savannah, are assured of fantastic cuisine and top-class entertainment as they help to raise funds to finance a programme designed to improve the standard of education in Catholic primary schools locally.

Last year, four of the schools that were most in need were given assistance. This year, the Organising Committee is hoping to raise enough funds from the event to assist ten of the most challenged schools to improve their academic levels, particularly in the areas of literacy and numeracy. As it is, ten schools represent just a small percentage of the 118 primary schools that are owned and managed by the Catholic Church. These schools provide for some 29,000 children of all ethnicities and religions in all geographic areas.

Priests Can Cook 2018 is being jointly hosted by the staff of Archbishop’s House (the Chancery) and staff of the Catholic Education Board of Management. They are being supported by the St Mary’s College Past Students’ Union and the St Joseph’s Convent (PoS) Past Pupils’ Association, both of which are highly experienced in staging events of this nature.

Priests Can Cook will feature dishes prepared by various parish priests, deacons and some guest chefs. A wide variety of dishes will be served up, some of which will be cooked on spot.

Last year, patrons commented favourably not only on the quality of the dishes served, but also how tasty they were. But this was no surprise, given that some meals were cooked ‘country style’, especially those from the outlying districts such as Blanchisseuse, Mayaro and Toco.

Many patrons danced the night away last year and this year they will have the opportunity to do so again. A strong line-up of artistes has been put together to attract folks to the dance floor: John Thomas, Wendell Constantine, Parang singer  Alicia Jaggasar, Soca star Blaxx and Panorama powerhouses Nutrien Silver Stars Steel Orchestra will close the night.

In addition, as patrons enter the venue, they will be treated to the sounds of St Anthony’s Valley Angels, the steel ensemble attached to the St Anthony’s parish of Petit Valley.

Tickets cost $275 and are available at all parish offices, at Archbishop’s House and at Living Water Community on upper Frederick Street, Port of Spain.